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Resonant Vibrations of Riser Guide Tubes Due to Wave Impact

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Arne Nestegård, Arve Johan Kalleklev

Det Norske Veritas, Ho̸vik, Norway

Kjell Hagatun, Yu Lin Wu

Aker Kværner Engineering and Technology, Lysaker, Norway

Sverre Haver

Statoil, Stavanger, Norway

Erik Lehn

Marintek, Trondheim, Norway

Paper No. OMAE2004-51545, pp. 987-994; 8 pages
  • ASME 2004 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 1, Parts A and B
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 20–25, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3743-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3738-6
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


The Kristin platform is a catenary moored semi-submersible production vessel (SSPV) intended for production of gas at the Kristin field at Haltenbanken. Kristin has 24 riser guide tubes for tie in of flexible risers, umbilicals and electric cables to the riser balcony. The riser guide tubes (RGT) provide the necessary guiding, support and protection for risers and cables. The guide tubes run vertically from the deck and through the extended east pontoon. The guide tubes are welded to the pontoon and horizontally supported at the underside of the balcony deck. During model tests of the Kristin platform performed in the Ocean Basin laboratory at Marintek, high frequency in-line vibrations of the RGTs were observed during passage of steep waves. The resonance period for the individual RGTs is 0.3 sec. To mitigate the vibration problem, a vibration suppression arrangement of stiff rods was introduced between the guide tubes. Model tests were performed with respect to extreme- and fatigue loads in regular and irregular waves, with and without the suppression arrangement. The model included the floating framework representing the hull and the 24 RGTs with correct diameter and resonance period. The model was suspended in a horizontal mooring system, giving resonance periods in surge and sway close to the prototype platform. A load-response model for the interaction between large steep waves and vertical flexible cylinders has been developed. A slender body load model derived from Morison’s equation is shown to be able to excite the resonant vibrations. The dominant part of the loading comes from the rapid change of added mass momentum, giving rise to an additional slamming term in the load formulation. The structural response is calculated from a recognized non-linear slender body response program. Numerical simulations have been carried out and compared with model tests for both regular and irregular waves. The numerical predictions confirm the effect observed in the model tests; i.e. connecting the tubes generally leads to a reduction of the high frequency response amplitudes.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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